Bail for Makati murder suspects granted

Carlos Santamaria
The 4 suspects in a high-profile murder case of a US Marine in Makati will pay P300,000 bail

STABBED IN THE NECK. This is the exact moment when one of the 4 suspects brings his hand close the victim's neck. The victim is already bleeding in the next fragment of the CCTV video. Photo from case file

MANILA, Philippines – The 4 suspects in the high-profile murder of a US Marine in Makati were granted P300,000 bail, the prosecution told Rappler on Friday, February 22.

Juan Alfonso Abastillas, Osric Cabrera, Crispin de la Paz and Galicano Datu III were arrested on November 24 after a brawl outside of the upscale Rockwell residential area in Makati that resulted in the death by stabbing of George Anikow, the husband of an American diplomat assigned to the embassy in Manila.

Judge Winlove Dumayas of Makati RTC No.59 granted P300,000 bail to each of the 4 accused.

The defendants had argued in court that they should be granted bail because there was no intention to kill the victim and no abuse of superior strength, despite being 4 against 1.

Both intent and abuse of superior strength are needed to uphold the murder charge.

The defense first tried to have the charges downgraded to homicide, a bailable offense, and when that was denied, they moved for bail on murder.

Despite the evidence pointing to Abastillas as the one who inflicted the fatal stab wound, prosecutors said they will maintain the murder charges against all 4 suspects.

The prosecution had feared that if granted bail, the suspects could leave the country. –

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